Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

90 mins.
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki


After-party with DJ Rec and Snack Attack spinning funky music from around the world (on vinyl!) at Vespa in Amherst. After-party is all ages.

Miriam Makeba was one of the first African musicians who won international stardom and whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots, but who was forced into exile from South Africa early in her life.

She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married to Hugh Masekela and also Stokely Carmichael.

Her life was tumultuous. She always stood for truth and justice. She fought for the oppressed most importantly for black Africans, as a campaigner against apartheid.

Mika Kaurismäki's documentary traces fifty years of her music and her performing life. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through interviews with her contemporaries we discover the remarkable journey of Miriam Makeba.